Once upon a time, knowing your local history was considered as natural a part of your education as your abc’s. While history is still, of course, incredibly important, there’s a growing sense that we are becoming more and more disconnected from what’s right in front of us in exchange for what we can reach through our phones.
Just turn on the app and it will recognize where you are and give you a long list of historical locations nearby. This is a great way to get students started on a local journey, and if the history is connected to a video, you can learn all about the historic events that took place right where you’re standing.
The app is admittedly sparse in rural locations, but there is an option to make suggestions, so if you’re a local history buff, go ahead and share what you know!
Your students can use this as starting points for reports or presentations, or, in reverse, you could assign them to find something that ISN’T on the app, really making them dig for local history.
Available on iPhone here
Available on Android here